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Fine dining for family in Triangle Area NC

ne_cyclone Nov 27, 2013 09:19 AM

hello all,

looking for some help with finding some fine dining establishment in the triangle area.
group of 5 with all of us being foodies. its a surprise for my sister and her husband's 20th anniversary.

we r not from here so trolling on the board was not much help.

thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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  1. LulusMom RE: ne_cyclone Nov 27, 2013 11:13 AM

    In what area of the Triangle will you be staying? What sort of food do you like best? Atmosphere (fine dining here can be a lot more relaxed than in other areas of the country - all the students). Do you need just one place for one surprise night?

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      D R C RE: ne_cyclone Nov 27, 2013 11:44 AM

      You might start with the list from the largest local paper, http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/2.... We could refine and nitpick and add some worthy or recent places that didn't make the list (it's almost a year old), but it's a good start.

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        Rory RE: D R C Nov 27, 2013 02:13 PM

        that newsobserver list isn't fine dining.

        Anyway in Chapel Hill;

        One and Lantern are considered tops by the knowledgeable foodies here.

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          D R C RE: Rory Nov 27, 2013 05:39 PM

          I think both of those are on Greg's list Rory.

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          LulusMom RE: D R C Nov 27, 2013 02:15 PM

          Thanks for posting that DRC. It is so interesting to look at it from almost a year on. It reminds me that I need to get back to Yamazushi and Oakleaf, and it reminds me that I don't always agree with Greg Cox.

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          Fu Dee RE: ne_cyclone Nov 27, 2013 03:41 PM

          1)Saint Jaques in North Raleigh. Real deal French food and it's great!

          2)Second Empire in downtown Raleigh.

          Both would be enjoyable choices for an Anniversary get together. Elegant but not stuffy.

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            Remsleep RE: ne_cyclone Dec 2, 2013 08:54 AM

            ln Chapel Hill you might consider Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn. The kitchen has always performed well in my experience, and the setting is a bit more sedate than some places mentioned. You will be able to have a conversation, something not always guaranteed at some venues.

            Also, Fearrington House is a good destination for lifetime events.

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              burgeoningfoodie RE: ne_cyclone Dec 5, 2013 12:17 PM

              Yes what atmosphere are you looking for and where will you be?

              Fearrington House
              Il Palio
              Vin Rouge
              Washington Duke Inn
              St. Jacques

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                Westy RE: ne_cyclone Dec 11, 2013 08:07 AM

                I really like Crook's corner. it does not get the press some other places here do, but I think if I wanted to really show someone a place that you would ONLY encoutner in this area of the country, Crooks Corner.

                Lantern is also amazing.

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